MANILA - Sen. Sonny Angara on Thursday launched a website where coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) survivors can privately sign up to donate blood plasma, seen as a possible treatment for severely ill COVID-19 patients.
PlasmaNgPagasa.com (Plasma of Hope) is a "secure, one-stop COVID-19 survivor registration system," according to the website's home page.
"Entries here are automatically submitted to plasma collecting hospitals... with the capacity to facilitate plasma transfusion," it said.
Among the hospitals linked with the website are the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Lung Center of the Philippines, and St. Luke's Medical Center.
"We put it up to bring them together and hopefully save lives in the process," Angara, who recovered from the infectious disease and has himself donated his blood plasma, told ABS-CBN News in a text message.
"Kasi parang dami pa din naghahanap, and madami din ang willing to donate nung plasma sa dugo nila," he said.
(We launched it because it seems that there are still a lot of people who need it, and there are also a lot of people who are willing to donate their blood plasma.)
Angara partnered with Bacolod-based web developer Talking Myna to put up the website, according to information from Angara's office.
The PGH, one of the country’s referral hospitals for the disease, earlier said plasma from COVID-19 survivors, which is extracted from the blood, may help patients who are still battling the illness it contains antibodies against the disease.
Aside from Angara, two other senators survived from COVID-19.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri also donated his blood plasma for other coronavirus patients after recuperating.